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Johnson-Thompson targets Rio success

August 5, 2012 14:26 pm

Teenager Katarina Johnson-Thompson has been inspired to seek her own Olympic triumph after watching team-mate Jessica Ennis win heptathlon gold on 'Super Saturday'.

Ennis sealed a commanding victory in front of 80,000 spectators to kickstart an outstanding evening of athletics which also saw Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah win gold in the long jump and 10,000 metres respectively.

And now Johnson-Thompson, who broke Ennis' British junior record in May, is targeting success in Rio in four years' time after finishing 15th with a new personal best of 6,267 points.

The 19-year-old from Liverpool said: "I can't even explain, watching that unfold and Jess coming through the line and seeing her so emotional and the crowd giving her a standing ovation; that's going to stick with me and that's a huge inspiration, that's something I want in the future."

Johnson-Thompson was in third place overall after equalling her personal best in the 100m hurdles and recording a new personal best of 1.89m in the high jump, while she rounded off the competition with yet another PB in the 800m.

"I thought the 1.89m was good but the 2:10.76 at the end was the absolute best," she added. "I was crying all the way round the glory lap at the end and I was so emotional watching Jess.

"It's really inspirational as well - all the pressure Jess has been under and watching it all come out - I can't even say.

"I don't think Rio will compare to this as the home crowd is amazing, but I'd love to be doing a four-year countdown to reach Jess' standard, and we have the World Championships in 2017 which is here so hopefully I'll be coming through then!"

Team-mate Louise Hazel, who finished 27th, said: "I am so, so proud of Jessica, an absolute class act. She did herself proud, she's had to come here and contend with all of that pressure, she's been a true inspiration and she really deserved it.

"My heptathlon had highs and lows, but I loved every single minute - even the lows."

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